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Thy Will Be Done


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“Understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Eph 5:17 NIV


When you know you’re in the center of God’s will for your life, you have peace in spite of adverse circumstances. You have confidence to go to God at any time, knowing that He’ll provide what you need. You ask, “But how can I tell if I’m in the will of God?” By knowing these two things, which are clearly laid out in the Bible: (1) You must be a Christian. Paul tells us, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Ro 8:14 NAS). Only as a believer do you have the Spirit’s presence within you. And you must have this inside help if you’re going to follow the will of God and enjoy the blessing it brings. (2) You must exercise wisdom. “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Eph 5:15-17 NIV). The famous theologian and preacher Jonathan Edwards entered Yale University in 1716 at age thirteen, and at seventeen he graduated at the head of his class. By age twenty he “resolved never to lose one moment of time; but to improve it in the most profitable way I can.” At twenty-six he pastored one of the largest Congregational churches in Massachusetts. And when God decided to visit New England in the “Great Awakening,” He chose to use Jonathan Edwards because he was prepared and ready. Doing the will of God calls for staying sensitive to the Holy Spirit and living in a state of perpetual readiness. So, how are you doing with that?

“Teach me to do your will.”
Ps 143:10 NIV


As you look back on your life, the thing that will bring you the greatest joy is knowing you’ve done the will of God. But in order for that to happen, you must really want to do God’s will. Jesus said, “If any one is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself” (Jn 7:17 NAS). Note the words “willing to do His will.” More than completing your education, or getting married, or getting your house paid off, or anything else in life, you must want to do God’s will. Chuck Swindoll writes: “There have been times when I said I wanted to do His will but I really didn’t. That’s a tough thing to confess, but looking back with 20/20 hindsight, I realize that at times I resisted His will. And I’ve learned that serious consequences follow selfish resistance.” Paul writes: “Doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does” (Eph 6:6-8 NIV). Note the phrase “doing the will of God from your heart.” That’s about as deep as it gets. More than pleasing people, more than acquiring creature comforts and status, more than staying safe, your greatest desire should be to please God. The Psalmist prayed, “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart” (Ps 40:8 NIV). Your prayer should be: “In all I do this day, Lord, my desire is to please You and do Your will.”

Devotional//Word For You Today. Have a lovely day 🙂

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Posted by on June 27, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Experience It

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“A merry heart does good, like medicine.”

Pr 17:22 NKJV


The Bible says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Do you know that laughter is such good medicine that it can relieve stress, cure headaches, fight infections, and alleviate hypertension? Doctors tell us laughing produces physical benefits similar to the benefits we get from vigorous physical exercise. When you throw your head back and laugh out loud, the muscles in the abdomen, chest, shoulders, and elsewhere in your body contract, while your heart rate and blood pressure increase. Just one burst of laughter can cause your pulse rate to double from 60 to 120, while your systolic blood pressure can shoot from a normal 120 to 200. Then once you stop laughing your heartbeat and blood pressure dip below normal—signaling reduced stress. God created laughter because He knows it’s good for your health. Don’t, however, confuse happiness with merriment. Merriment comes from joy, not happiness, and understanding this is crucial to your emotional well-being. There are times when we can’t and shouldn’t be happy—when people are hurting, going through tragedy, or losing jobs and loved ones. In the face of injustice happiness is inappropriate, if not impossible. Yet the joy that comes from knowing that you are unconditionally loved and accepted by God enables you to remain joyful. That’s because: (1) Happiness is external; joy is internal. (2) Happiness depends on outward circumstances; joy depends on inward character. (3) Happiness depends on what happens to us; joy depends on who lives within us. (4) Happiness is based on chance; joy is based on choice. So today—choose joy!

Thank you for sopping by and taking the time to read my blog post. God bless you all. Have a great weekend. 🙂

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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Uncategorized


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This I Choose

This I Choose

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” –Elizabeth Gilbert.

Have you ever searched within yourself to really know what makes you happy? What does it truly mean to be happy? Everyone defines happiness based on their experiences and perspective of life. Happiness and content in life differs solely for all of us. What makes one person happy doesn’t necessarily bring desire and joy to another. Happiness is but a choice. There is no guarantee to have answers to all of lives’ questions but to accept the things that cannot be altered displays our strength and character. For some people happiness can be listening to music, that’s what brings joy to their souls. Being happy is being comfortable with who you are. Happiness cannot be earned. It is much of an experience of living a life of gratitude. Embracing your flaws, imperfection and being you, all that you can ever be is my definition of happiness. Day by day, I learn. No one is responsible for my joy. I need peace of mind and happiness starts from inside. Loving yourself, encouraging yourself. Despite the challenges of life, being your own cheerleader and striving to be the best is key. Personally, this journey of being happy is not always easy. We are human beings and we have emotions. Don’t get me wrong, I truly admire people who are always happy and try to be positive. It’s amazing to me. I can only speak for myself. I’m not a miserable person but I’m not always happy. Sometimes, i base my happiness on the circumstance that I’m facing. Worrying about my future and what it holds. Sadly that’s my life. Sometimes, when I’m all alone, thoughts scatter in my head. Why can’t I can be happy? It’s not easy. When people always tell you to just be happy but just don’t realize it’s so much easier said than done, it can get even more harder on you. I choose to be happy. Happiness feels good and it’s surely good for your soul. So choose being happy over everything. Someone is watching you. Let no one be responsible for your joy. I don’t owe anyone anything but I owe myself a piece of mind. Choose wisely.. Your worth everything that’s good. Nothing less only greatness.

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Posted by on February 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


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The Prayer Project


Join the Challenge. This a project that was placed on one of my Instagram followers heart. Be a part of something new. Be a blessing to someone.

How to Participate:

Choose one individual and commit to writing one prayer a day for them for 30 days (without telling them.) At the end of the 30 days it is your choice to present the person with the prayer journal as a gift- a selfless genuine act of love with no hidden agenda or intent to receive anything in return.

1) Sign up at

2) Commit to praying for a specific person for 30 days starting January 1, 2014

3) Full details are on . The challenge will begin tomorrow

4) Tell your friends and share this amazing project with someone.

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Happy Thanksgiving

What a wonderful day to be alive. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. It’s that time of the season again. I hope everyone is enjoying their day. What are you grateful for? I am so grateful for the gift of life and the grace of the Lord. Yet another day, God has blessed me to see with such wonderful friends, family, loved ones, food to eat and a roof over my head. So what are you thankful about? Have you thought about it? Are you thankful this year? I hope you all did. I hope you gobbled till you wobbled. God bless you all and continue to have a grateful attitude.


Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. -Brian Tracy

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

Brian Tracy


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Posted by on November 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


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A Heart Of Thanksgiving


What are you thankful for? Why give thanks in all circumstances? Well, there are many reasons why a person should be thankful but too often we feel that our Joy is dependent on our circumstances. Coming from church today, the message was based on this topic. The Bible passage was taken from the book of Colossians 2: 6-7. The title of the sermon was “Grateful People”. As i sat in the pew listening to my pastor from the pulpit, my mind pondered about the many reasons why I should be thankful. What am I thankful for? Then my pastor uttered to the congregation saying “Thanksgiving attracts God’s presence but murmuring attracts demonic presence.” The simplicity of having Christ in our lives starts to diminish once we feel that we have received our salvation. Not pertaining to all people but some of us feel that we are entitled to more things in our lives. Sometimes we forget to thank God for the things he has done in our lives. So i pondered… then my pastor proceeded with his sermon stating that “Thanksgiving is a proof that we are growing.” Then a thought encircled my medulla oblongata. If we ought to give thanks to God in everything and commune with him, it opens up a gateway to see things in his perspective but at times we get so wrapped up with ourselves, so focused on the problems in our daily lives. We forget who we are and whose we are. For we were bought at a price. The more we know God, the more our hearts are filled with thanksgiving. The more revelation we have, the more our hearts are overflowed with thanksgiving. Father God, sometimes we forget to thank you. Forgive us, O Lord for we have sinned and fallen short of your glory, yet you still love us. You see the depths of our hearts but you still love us. Help us to seek your face at all times and to trust you when things don’t go the way it should be.

Time passed, the sermon still intact. The congregation is very quiet, not a sound accept when the babies start crying or when my pastor throws a joke from time to time. Then my pastor stated ” Thanksgiving is an ultimate expression of humility”. I found that very powerful which is very true. Do you know anyone in your life that is humble? You see, humble people are grateful people. They are content even when things are not going as it is planned, humbly they wait. A person that never forgets where they came from rejoices and has a heart filled with gratitude. Sometimes we forget our past. Yes, it is not to be remembered but also not to be forgotten. In most cases, a reminder of our past helps us to remember how far we have come. Yesterday’s pain and failures helps us to strive and move forward. We must learn to maintain and balance our lives. People who praise their way through the storms have a humble perspective of things. Have you seen  a person that is always happy or smiling? And you ask yourself, why am I not always happy? What makes his or her life better than mine? Thomas Jefferson said it best “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” We ought to be thankful in every situation. Trust me, this is not always easy. It is so much easier said than done but we must practice that act.

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

Thanksgiving is the highest form of our faith. Faith is a complete confidence in something or in someone. For us Christians, our trust and faith is in God. For it is written, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” -Hebrews 11:1. If we believe in the promises of our God, we should continually thank him for his promises concerning our lives. Thanksgiving encourages God to even do more in our lives. Having a constant heart of thanksgiving and praise is very important. We can experience more in our lives when we have a heart of gratitude even when God does a little in our lives. When we testify of what in which God has done in our lives, it leads to many more testimonies. When we feel that we are entitled to have things, we become to ungrateful. Have you ever given something to someone and they’re not even satisfied with what you gave them? Do they get upset with you and grumble, murmuring words unlike themselves? I know I have. They want more or they are just not pleased with what you gave them. We must be careful not to develop a character of entitlement. A person who thanks God everyday despite their circumstances experiences God in a deeper level. So let’s be thankful. Thank God for being alive, your family,friends, job, education, his protection, food to eat, a roof over your head, church, ministries, your health and the things he is yet to do in your life. Pray for other people too regardless if you know them or not. God will bless you in doing so.  Help us, O Lord to be like you. Teach us, Holy Spirit to have a heart filled with gratitude. More of you and less of us, O God now and forevermore.


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Posted by on November 17, 2013 in Uncategorized


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